Mail art show opens at YSU

The third High School Mail Art Show opens Monday at Youngstown State University’s Judith Rae Solomon Gallery in Bliss Hall.

Mail art is an artistic movement focused on sending small-scale works through the postal service. It was developed in the 1950s as a means for artists to connect with other artists and is an alternative way for artists to network and share their work beyond the traditional art market.

High school juniors and seniors from school districts in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania were invited to create an image on thick paper the size of a postcard that could be sent through the mail. More than 150 postcards were submitted reflecting a variety of media and themes.

The works will be judged by YSU art professors Claudia Berlinski and Christine McCullough, and awards will be presented for first, second and third places as well as honorable mention at an opening reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the gallery.

The work will be on display through Nov. 15. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 330-941-2307.